Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch now has a release date for purchase on digital platforms and physical formats.
The film is based on the children’s novel “Earwig and the Witch” by Diana Wynne Jones. It marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature.
GKIDS and Shout Factory announced that digital platforms will get the feature-length anime on March 23, 2020. Both a Limited Edition Steelbook and a Blu-ray + DVD combo are coming on April 6.
Earwig and the Witch is the first new release in four years from the legendary Studio Ghibli. The film is Directed by Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki.
The all-star voice cast for the English dub features the voices of Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Gosford Park), Kacey Musgraves (Golden Hour, Same Trailer Different Park), and Dan Stevens (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, FX’s Legion), as well as Taylor Paige Henderson as “Earwig”.
In addition to her debut voice-acting role as Earwig’s Mother, six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves sings the English language version of the film’s theme song, “Don’t Disturb Me.”
The Earwig and the Witch Blu-ray +DVD Combo is packed with bonus features, including behind-the-scenes interviews with director Goro Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and Japanese cast and crew, and feature-length storyboards.
Here is a description of the story:
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.
Cannes and HBO Max
An official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, the film is scheduled for release in theaters on February 3. Meanwhile, it is available to stream on HBO Max beginning February 5.